How can Equilates classes help your horse-riding?

Filed under: Pilates Info — Wayne on March 3, 2010

Equilates has become the term given for Pilates used to help those interested in improving in equestrian sport. If you want that winning edge over your competition, then your riding can be improved using Equilates.

With every rider, whether you like hacking or dressage, common issues include neck or body stiffness, lower back pain, excessive movement from the legs or arms and other problems that can be corrected using Equilates.

A good Pilates instructor does not necessarily understand the finer detail of Equilates as there are specific movements that can be used specifically for the horse rider. Equilates can help you achieve a deeper and more independent seat in the saddle, better posture for riding and life in general and an improved connection with your horse as well as greater strength, flexibility and the ability to use lighter yet more effective aids.

Equilates classes should be conducted in small groups with like-minded people. Horses receive special training and yet as a rider, we have our own imbalances that can be corrected for that winning edge or greater communication with our horse.

By learning to use core stability and strengthen the muscles in the lower back region, riders gain a greater level of stability in the saddle and this can therefore prevent injury.

To avoid that excessive leg or arm movement, riders learn how to use their own body’s ‘Powerhouse’, i.e. that natural corset of stomach muscles that ensure your body remains centred. By learning to use this strength, you learn to move legs and arms independently and gain that all-important independent seat in the saddle.

After all, if your weight is crooked or uneven in the saddle, or your body is naturally stronger on one side – as it naturally is with everyone – then your horse will try to counter-balance this and it shows in his paces. By correcting these balances, you correct the imbalance that will otherwise show in your jumping, dressage, cross country or other riding.


  1. hi where can i find an instructor in chorley lancs

    Comment by elaine elliott — April 13, 2010 @ 7:05 pm

  2. Thanks for your comment. I’m not sure you would have to google your area. Sorry I can’t be any more help.

    Comment by Charlotte — April 15, 2010 @ 9:13 am

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